Cohoes, NY family dentist Dr. Frederick Marra stresses the importance of preventive dental care for your best oral health. Brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral hygiene routine and the tools you use matter. Do you know if your toothbrush is doing a good job?
There is a right and wrong way to brush your teeth. A proper brushing technique is important to ensure that you are cleaning your teeth and gums well. If you are not sure if you are brushing correctly, Dr. Marra and our compassionate dental care team will be happy to give you some brushing tips and tricks at your next dentist office visit. We believe that a well-informed patient is a healthy and happy patient!
A key component to effective brushing is making sure you are using the right toothbrush and that it is well-taken care of. Here are some basic tips and tricks and toothbrush do and do nots.
- Soft-Bristle Brushes Brush Better
Some patients seem to think that hard-bristle brushes brush better, but the truth is soft bristles are best. Hard bristles do not easily form to the contours of your teeth and gums. The hard bristles can irritate your gums and may cause bleeding or even gum recession. Hard bristles can not reach the deep crevices between your teeth. Soft bristles form to your mouth and are more gentle on your soft tissue. Dr. Marra recommends that most patients select a soft, or extra-soft bristled brush for better brushing.
It is important that your toothbrush fits well in your mouth. If you have a particularly narrow jaw a tapered toothbrush may fit more comfortably in your mouth. You can try a few different sizes and shapes until you find a brush that feels right. Just remember that your toothbrush should be able to reach the furthest molar in your mouth on all side.
- Replace Your Toothbrush Every 3 Months
According to the ADA almost 40 percent of Americans do not know when they should throw away their old brush and replace it with a new one. Most dental professionals recommend changing out your brush once every 3 months. After three months the bristles begin to break down and do not clean as effectively. Toothbrushes are also susceptible to growing bacteria. Make sure you store your brush bristle side up in an open air container so water can drain away from the head of the brush.
Schedule An Appointment Cohoes, NY
Regular visits to our Cohoes, NY dentist office can also help keep your teeth and gums healthy and your smile bright and beautiful. Professional dental cleanings can reach the plaque brushing can not help keep tooth decay at bay. Our dental practice offers family, general, cosmetic and restorative dental services for comprehensive dental care. Schedule a visit to see Dr. Marra and enjoy a clean and healthy smile.